Riley Biers (Xavier Samuel) is attacked and bitten by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), in order to begin creating an army of newborns set to destroy Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Back in Forks, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella discuss the complications of becoming an immortal vampire. At 18 years old, one year older than the age Edward was when he became a vampire, Bella expresses her aversion to the idea of marrying so young, though Edward refuses to turn her until they’re married and she’s had various human experiences she would otherwise miss. While Charlie Swan (Billy Burke) investigates the disappearance of Riley Biers, Edward suspects his disappearance was caused by the newborn vampires. Furthering his suspicions is the intrusion of Riley into Bella’s room.
Although Edward fears for her safety, Bella insists that Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and the rest of the werewolf pack would never harm her, but Edward is still not convinced. Bella goes to La Push to see Jacob, and returns home unharmed. During one of her visits, Jacob confesses that he is in love with Bella, and forcefully kisses her. Mad, she punches him and breaks her hand, and Edward later threatens to break Jacob’s jaw. Bella even revokes the invitations of Jacob and his pack members to her graduation party, but when Jacob apologizes for his behavior, she forgives him.
Meanwhile, Alice (Ashley Greene) sees a vision that the newborn army is attacking Forks led by Riley Biers. Jacob, accompanied by Quil (Tyson Houseman) and Embry (Kiowa Gordon) overhear this, which leads to an alliance between the Cullens and Wolf pack. Later, the Cullens and the wolves agree to a meeting place and time to train and discuss strategy. During the training Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) explains to Bella that he was created by a vampire named Maria to control a newborn army. He hated his original existence and upon meeting Alice, joined the Cullens with her. Bella sees the true bond between a mated vampire pair and begins to understand Jasper better. Despite her reluctance to marry, Bella realizes that spending eternity with Edward is more important to her than anything else and agrees to marry him. Edward and Bella camp up in the mountains to hide Bella from the bloodthirsty newborns. During the night, Bella overhears a conversation between Edward and Jacob, in which they temporarily put aside their hatred towards each other. In the morning, Jacob overhears Edward and Bella discussing their engagement and becomes very upset. Before he can run off to get himself killed in the fight with the newborns, Bella desperately asks him to kiss her, and she realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Edward finds out about the kiss but isn’t angry, as Bella says she loves him more than Jacob.
Victoria eventually finds Bella’s hiding spot, and Edward kills her while Seth kills her partner Riley. The Cullens and the Quileute wolves, meanwhile, destroy her “army”, though Jacob is injured saving Leah Clearwater from a newborn. Several members of the Volturi arrive to deal with the newborn army. They also see that the Cullens are guarding the newborn, Bree Tanner (Jodelle Ferland), who had refused to fight and surrendered to Carlisle. Jane (Dakota Fanning) tortures Bree to get information, then instructs Felix to kill her, despite the Cullens’ efforts to spare her. When Jane notes that Caius will find it interesting that Bella is still human, Bella informs her that the date for her transformation has been set. Bella visits the injured Jacob to tell him that even though she is in love with him, she has chosen to be with Edward. Saddened by her choice, Jacob reluctantly agrees to stop trying to come between her and Edward.
Bella and Edward go to their meadow, where she tells him she has decided to do things his way: get married, make love, then be transformed into a vampire. She also explains that she never has been normal and never will be; she’s felt out of place her entire life, but when she is in Edward’s world she feels stronger and complete. They then decide they need to tell Charlie about their engagement
So, here I am once again reviewing a film in the Twilight franchise (I refuse to call it a saga). Admittedly, I did like the first Twilight, or at least was impressed with it. The second one, though, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was just plain boring. Going into this one, I figured more of the same.
I must say that I was wrong. Yes, there is more of the longings of these talentless actors for each other that permeates through the entire film, but there is actually some action that makes it worth the torture.
I haven’t read the books, so I don’t know how they are written, except that teenage girls seem to love them, which more than likely means there is lots of stuff to please them and no one else.
This film is different though. It is almost as if they realized that they weren’t getting any voluntary male viewers, so they needed to up the ante. Especially if they want to become a legit franchise or “saga” This is the reason, I believe, they brought in a new director who actually knows how direct action.
I’m sure there are those of you out there wondering with all the action, was the plot changed any? As far as I know it wasn’t. There is still plenty of useless staring and whining between the leads, which apparently is what actual fans want to see. Don’t ask me why. Its one of the true mysteries of the cosmos.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner have been playing these characters for 3 films now. You would think they’d have actually gotten better at acting, right? Instead, with the exception of Pattinson, it seems as if they’ve gotten worse. I wonder if they went to the same acting school as Megan Fox. Yes, they are THAT bad.
I found it a bit of a shame that we didn’t get more of Alice Cullen, played by the tasty Ashley Greene this time around, but there was plenty of Jasper, who in the previous films had done nothing but stand in the background looking…odd.
Bryce Dallas Howard takes the mantle of the villanous vampire Victoria. I wish I could say I was impressed with her, but the fact of the matter, there wasn’t enough of her to make an informed decision. I do find it kinda funny that she was initially offered this role for the first film, but turned it down because it was “too small”. From what I recall from the first film, this is notably smaller than that one.
Before I get my man card revoked for actually liking this film, let me make something clear. This is not a great picture. How can it be when your leads have no talent and don’t seem to care about getting any better? There are other flaws here, such as why is it the werewolves can’t keep their shirts on in human form (except for the female..of course), and in the animatistic shape, they’re the size of bears. WTF?!? I still question what kind of vampires these are. They are an insult to all that true cinematic vampires have worked for. Having said that, as a film, the action scenes make this enjoyable, but the lack of talent in the cast cancels that out. If you’re a fan of this drivel, then by all means, watch it. If you’re not, then I suggest not wasting your time. Just looks for the fight scenes on YouTube or something.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars